Synth-pop pioneers OMD were one of most innovative bands of the Eighties. They're still on a quest for originality, they tell Elisa Bray
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Saturday 05 May 2012
The Jamaican double bassist and ska pioneer Lloyd Brevett has died at the age of 80.
Sunday 29 April 2012
An album devoted to the examination of the bits left when hearts get broken.
Friday 13 April 2012
A couple of years ago, on an evening from which I was regrettably absent, a few friends of mine ended up partying with Andrew W.K.. If you're familiar with the 32-year-old American rock star/celebrated hedonist/motivational speaker, you'll know that this is a big deal. The man has made it his mission to party; it's his religion.
Sunday 19 February 2012
A fabled beauty comes to town
The Barometer: Lee Ranaldo; Lapalux; Azealia Banks; Fort Romeau; Sleigh Bells; Wavves; Dirty Three; A$AP Rocky; Cloud Nothings
Friday 20 January 2012
What's hot on our playlist
Friday 22 July 2011
With dubstep entering the mainstream – especially with Mercury Prize nominee Katy B's pop blend of the genre – it may be a surprise to some teenagers that dubstep is not a new thing.
Wednesday 20 July 2011
As night darkens, this elegant quadrangle looks even more like the set for Ultravox's "Vienna" video, an effect not entirely spoiled on stage by a pair of flag-wavers dressed as sepulchral figures from Joy Division's film for "Atmosphere".
Monday 14 February 2011
British stars Muse, La Roux and Jeff Beck have scooped awards at the Grammys - where Lady Gaga hatched from a giant egg.
Sunday 09 January 2011
Sunday 05 December 2010
Thursday 02 December 2010
"We don't need this fascist groove thang!" one veteran roars hoarsely behind me. The first song in Heaven 17's inspired recreation of their 1981 debut album, Penthouse and Pavement, 30 years after they split from the Human League, shows why it's better than nostalgia. Flimsy synth-pop revivals, from Fischerspooner to La Roux, have missed the music's urgent context.
Friday 03 September 2010
Music: I saw Fever Ray at the Forum recently. She's Swedish and is from one of my favourite bands, The Knife. She's cripplingly shy and very rarely performs live. In order to overcome her shyness she performs in the dark using nothing but lasers and low-level lampshades on stage. I absolutely love her music. Other than that, I'm listening to a lot of old disco records, tracks like Punkin' Machine's "I Need You Tonight" and "Harmony" by Suzy Q. 'Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang Anniversary' is also a current favourite.
Saturday 21 August 2010
The lead singer of a British pop band has died during a music festival in Belgium, the Foreign Office confirmed today.
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
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Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
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